Yesterday was our first day back from spring break. The smiles, greetings, and hugs from my 8th graders made my return a lot easier, especially for a Monday morning.
From 8:00-8:10 (when the bell rings), many students hang out in my room with their friends. Sometimes they include me in their chats, sometimes I’m running around, sometimes they just chat among themselves. But yesterday, there was a lot of buzzing.
“He’s back!” my students announced to me.
So here’s a little back story… students often move away in the middle of the year. They even return sometimes later in the same school year. But since a lot of my students say they are moving or their friend is moving all the time, I don’t 100% believe it until it happens. Many of my students talk about moving but have no date, just an idea that it could happen.
So when I heard, “He’s back!” I responded with, “Wait, you saw him?!”
A resounding, “YES!” was the response from my students.
So of course, I went looking for “him.” He was my student in seventh grade and at the end of the school year, moved to Louisiana. We all thought we had said goodbye in June and probably wouldn’t see him again.
But here he is- back at our school. You better believe after I saw him in person, my next stop was the office. What’s his schedule? What ELA teacher does he have? When I saw his schedule, I told the office that wouldn’t work.
He needs to be with me. He needs something familiar to finish off his 8th grade year positively and successfully.
And that something. Well, that’s me.